This is Carrie Fisher’s humorous, sarcastic, witty look at the roller coaster that was her life as of 2009. From being the oldest child of two of the most famous people who ever lived – Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher – to her turn as Princess Leia, her abusive relationship with drugs, the men in her life, her daughter Billie Lourd, and her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, this is a look at a unbelievable life any way you cut it.
Terribly bittersweet in light of the December deaths of Carrie and her mom Debbie Reynolds, this book seems all the more relevant now that she’s passed. Short, punchy, self deprecating, humorous, and at times incredibly sad, Carrie Fisher provides us with a peek into what it’s like growing up in a Hollywood bubble. She’s dealt with fame, drug abuse, mental illness, and more, so even though some of her stories seem harsh and incredibly sarcastic, you still sense the emotion underneath it all. Hey, when Carrie tells you that Cary Grant called her – twice – to lecture her about the dangers of LSD addiction, little else can put the realities of her life into some perspective we might recognize. This is a stream of consciousness style of writing, so if you’re looking for organized, in depth storytelling, you’ll be very disappointed. Carrie doesn’t focus on any one topic for more than a few sentences before she jumps off onto another tangent, but the result is still very moving.
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